Genre: Kaiju | Action | Drama | Fantasy
Country: North Korea | Director: Chong Gon Jo & Sang-ok Shin
Producer: Kim Jong-il
Language: Korean or Japanese (2 separate audio tracks)
Subtitles: English (optional, embedded in Mkv file)
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1 | Length: 95mn
Dvdrip H264 Mkv – 720×540 – 29.970fps – 1.39gb
In feudal Korea, the evil King becomes aware that there is a peasant rebellion being planned in the country. He steals all the iron farming tools and cooking pots from the people so that he may make weapons to fend off the peasant army. After he returns the property to the people, an old blacksmith is imprisoned and starved to death. His last creation is a tiny figurine of a monster- Pulgasari, a Godzilla-like creature that eats iron. The blood of his daughter brings the creature to life, and fights with the poor, starving peasants to overthrow the corrupt monarchy.
The backstory to this movie is pretty darn incredible – made in North Korea by the country’s dictator – the director and two lead performers were actually kidnapped from S. Korea after they refused to work on this movie with the dictator.
Shin alleged that he and his wife were kidnapped from their native South Korea in the late 1970s and held for several years in North Korea to make movies for Kim Jong Il, son of the N. Korean leader. Shin Sang-ok sought asylum in the United States in 1986 shortly before the film “Pulgasary” was finished. The couple were granted refuge in the United States.